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Brewed by Traquair House
Style: Scotch Ale
Innerleithen, Borders, Scotland
Serve in Thistle

bottled
common

on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1187   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Mainly available filtered in bottles, though part of the production goes unfiltered into cask.
The traditional brewing process used in the production of Traquair House Ale consists of the following; 1. Traditional infusion mashing process. The wort is then drawn off and boiled during which process the hops are added. 2. The wort is now cooled and pitched with top fermenting yeast under controlled temperature. It is then fermented in oak over a period of seven days. The beer is then transferred into cold storage tanks or barrels and matured over a period of weeks. After maturation the beer is filtered prior to packing.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jamrun (137) - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA - SEP 7, 2002
nice chocolate color with malt aroma nice fruit and malt flavours with a nice warming finnish

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
khayman70 (154) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 9, 2004
Dark orange and almost smokey looking in the glass, with very little head. The nose was of smoked fruit & peat. No hint of alcohol burn and a very pleasant, yet mild hops aftertaste. I have found my favorite Scotch ale. Delicious.

4.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 8, 2006
Excellent. Surprisingly little aroma, this beautiful, dark, brown specimen lends itself into a delicate yet complex rich flavor with a surprisingly huge palate that leaves almost no residual sweetness behind A masterpiece. Some burnt toffee notes in the background, but this seems to be exclusively from kettle carmelization and not from the malt. Pale malt flavors predominate and are exactly what this beer needs to present. Very clean. A masterpiece (oh wait ... I already said that).

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rubbishystuff (1796) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2010
I loved this. Roasted/a bit smoky/a bit peaty I didn’t see it in the other reviews but I picked up just a bit of sour tartness that I quite liked. Well done. Serving: Bottle

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SanfordBrewer (1390) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2011
Translucent mahogany with a dense beige head. Creamy medium-full body with medium carbonation.

Aroma: roasty malt, metallic minerality, woodsy hops, and a touch of chocolate malt acidity.

Taste: rich chocolate malt, woodsy hops, roasty malt, mild minerality, a slight sourness, and subtle charred malt astringency.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 16, 2013
Bottle from Slowbeer. Nice and malty. Aromas of caramel, toffee, wine, hint of liquorice. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, long length. Palate is syrupy, and full bodied. Brown, with a thin head.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ClassyBeagle (319) - USA - OCT 30, 2013
FROM NOTES: July 1, ’12 330ml bottle poured into a tulip with my buddy in Napa, CA. A: Caramel malts strong on the nose, with molasses notes, and maybe some figs and/or dates. I can taste the alcohol, but it doesn’t feel out of place, and sort of compliments the dark malty profile. An inviting aroma that fits the style well, it warms to reveal some nutty tones, along with toffee and subtle woodsy notes. A: Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and a small head that dissipates fairly quickly. Not a ton of lacing, but it does gives some nice legs with each sip, coating the glass in suds. T: This is a very robust malty flavored beer. A dark caramel malt base is the backbone for a variety of flavorful notes to come through. Dark fruits, (figs and/or dates) and just a touch of black cherries can be identified. Alcohol warmth and a molasses taste give it some hearty weight. Hazelnut and hints of toffee and maple add to the sweeter side, and oak and peat provide some delicious earthy tones. Finishes with just the right amount of alcohol heat, along mild bitterness and cocoa. Truly a well crafted flavor profile, and a damn drinkable beer. P: Smooth and creamy. Low carbonation, with a medium-to-heavy weight to the body. Slight warmth in the finish with mild lingering bitterness. O: A dark, complex, and flavorful beer. As a major fan of the style, I consider this the standard by which all others are measured. DELICIOUS!!!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lele (84) - ITALY - JUN 24, 2014
Splendida birra, dal sapore pieno e ricco. Già l’aroma mostra una birra di gran classe, caratterizzata dal sapore dolce. Ai bocca si sente il marzapane, ma anche un leggerissimo acidulo e un tocco di amarognolo nel retrogusto. Personalmente, però, sempre in casa Traquair, preferisco la Jacobite ale.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
epassa (105) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - JUL 17, 2007
Ruby Color, medium head. Aroma: Complex, oak, caramel, vanilla, dark fruits. Palate: Malt, caramel, oak, liquoricey, roast, bitter. Complex too. Very good beer!!!!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3112) - Radom, POLAND - MAR 9, 2014
Doskonale piwo. Miedziano czerwone w odcieniu ze srednia piana ale znaczaca slady na kufelku. Tradycyjne piwo w smaku. Karmelowe lekki posmak toffi. Figowy aromat. Intensywny. Tradycja i doswiadczenie starego browaru to sama klasa w sobie.


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